Lope de Vega as a Courtly Writer: La Filomena (1621) and La Circe (1624)
Project responsable Antonio Sánchez Jiménez
Abstract This project investigates how Lope de Vega adapted his literary style and career after Philip IV became king of Spain and the cultista revolution consolidated itself. This style can be best observed in the two books that Lope prepared for the beginning of Philip’s reign, La Filomena (1621) and La Circe (1624), and that will be the corpus for our work. While critics have examined them separately, or considered some of their individual parts, our project will study them as a concerted effort, as the books themselves invite to do through a series of cross-references and common interests. When analyzed as an ensemble, the two books reveal themselves as the keystones of an ambitious project: a proposal for a courtly style distinctive from the cultista poetry that was in vogue at the moment. In particular, we argue that in La Filomena and La Circe Lope sought a new sort of courtly elegance and distinction based on four aspects, some of which partly coincided with the current Gongoresque fashion [Cossío, 1952: 340] and some that self-consciously departed from it. In particular, we will show that Lope created a new courtly style by combining four features that were meant to give the books an air of exclusivity and courtliness
Keywords Lope de Vega; courtly literature; golden Age Spanish poetry
Type of project Research mandate
Research area Littérature
Method of financing Fonds National Suisse de la Recherche Scientifique
Status Completed
Start of project 1-9-2017
End of project 31-1-2020
Overall budget 246977
Contact Antonio Sánchez Jiménez